Cornbury Festival has been postponed until next year due to the pandemic.

Event organiser Hugh Phillimore said lack of cancellation insurance meant it was “just too scary to attempt it”.

He said: "We just don’t think we’ll be able to produce anything that resembles the lovely little event we’ve all enjoyed for the last 16 years.

"We also can’t risk trying to stage the festival knowing it could still be cancelled at the very last minute by our local authorities – there’s currently no cancellation insurance available and, brave as we are, it’s just too scary to attempt it.

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"Of course we’d be hugely grateful if you would continue to support us and roll over your tickets to next year once again, in which case, your bookings will be protected against any price increases."

Ticket holders will be contacted by ticketing company Eventim about refunds if necessary.

The event at Great Tew Park was due to be headlined by rocker Bryan Adams.

However, Fairport Convention, the folk rock band that holds its annual festival at Cropredy, near Banbury, has been awarded £100,000 from the Government's £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.

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Cropredy Festival organiser Gareth Williams said: "Providing Covid remains under control Fairport hopes its festival will be going ahead from August 12 -14.

"There is every reason to hope that we can all look forward to meeting in the field in August."

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